|State||Defendant||Co-Defendants||Sex||Date||Election||D/R||Charged||Convicted||Type1||Type2||Type3||# Charges||# Fraudulent Votes / Election Margin||Description||Sentence||Source1||Source2||Source3||Source4||Source5||Follow Up|
|Texas||Graciela Sanchez||Lupe Rivera Sr. Lupe Rivera Jr.||F||2013-11||Weslaco municipal||D||2015-10||Absentee/mail||4||4||Graciela Sanchez pleaded* guilty to voter fraud for possessing ballots and not providing his name and address on the carrier envelopes in the November 2013 race for Weslaco City Commission District 5. Then-incumbent City Commissioner Lupe Rivera Sr. and his son Lupe Rivera Jr. were also charged. The election was successfully contested due to fraud.||*Plea deal: 2 years probation||http://m.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/ag-files-charges-against-rivera/article_3c54d4...||http://www.krgv.com/story/32419876/former-weslaco-city-commissioner-pleads-guilt...|
|Texas||Guadalupe "Lupe" Rivera Sr.||Lupe Rivera Jr. Graciela Sanchez||M||2013-11||Weslaco municipal||D||2015-10||Absentee/mail||Ineligible district voting||Illegal assistance||16||16||Weslaco City Commissioner Guadalupe "Lupe" Rivera was charged with 16 counts of misdemeanor voter fraud related to the November 2013 race for City Commission District 5. Rivera pleaded* guilty to one count of unlawful assistance to a voter, a Class A misdemeanor. In exchange for the plea, the other 15 charges were dropped: six counts of method of returning marked ballot (fewer than 10 ballots), a Class B misdemeanor; six counts of carrier envelope action by person other than voter, a Class B misdemeanor; and three counts of assisting voter violation, a Class A misdemeanor. Rivera was re-elected in 2013 by just 16 votes over challenger Leticia "Letty" Lopez, who contested the election alleging voter fraud. Questionable voter registrations - including 23 people who listed the same single-family on registration forms - and allegations about mail-in ballots emerged at trial. A judge ordered a new election, which Lopez won in 2015. Also charged were Rivera’s son, Lupe Rivera Jr., and Graciela Sanchez.||*Plea deal: 1 year probation, $500 fine||http://m.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/ag-files-charges-against-rivera/article_3c54d4...||http://valleycentral.com/news/local/after-voter-fraud-allegations-weslaco-commis...||http://www.kurv.com/one-time-longtime-weslaco-city-commissioner-avoids-jails-in-...|
|Texas||Election contest: Letty Lopez v. Lupe Rivera||2013-11||Weslaco municipal||D||Election contest||Ineligible district voting||Absentee/mail||30||Letty Lopez successfully contested the November 2013 Weslaco City Commission election results after a year-and-a-half-long legal dispute with incumbent Lupe Rivera. A judge determined that at least 30 votes were illegally cast in the race, which was decided by just 16 votes in favor of Rivera. The illegal votes included multiple voters registered and voting where they didn't reside (including at Rivera's sister's home) and mail ballots requested and completed without voters' knowledge.||New election ordered - outcome changed/Lopez won||http://www.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/lupe-rivera-letty-lopez-on-nov-election-ball...||http://m.themonitor.com/mvtc/news/th-court-of-appeals-affirms-decision-to-hold-n...||http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/depositions-from-voters-show-flexible-resid...||http://www1.krgv.com/files/trial-brief-leticia-lopez-web.pdf|
|California||John Malburg||Leonis Malburg||M||2006-04||Vernon municipal||2006-11||Registration fraud - ineligible district||Perjury||2||0||John Malberg, son of Vernon mayor Leonis Malburg, pleaded* no contest to perjury and voter registration fraud for registering to vote at an apartment address where he did not live.||*Plea deal:||http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/-Local-Politician-Convicted-of-Fraud-785...|
|California||Leonis Malburg||Domenica Malburg John Malburg||M||2006-04||Vernon municipal||2006-11||Ineligible district voting||Registration fraud - ineligible district||Illegal assistance||8||1||Leonis Malburg, former mayor of Vernon, and his wife Domenica Malburg were convicted of fraudulent voting and voter registration fraud. Malburg, who had been mayor for 50 years prior to his resignation, and his wife did not live in Vernon and were thus ineligible to vote or be candidates in that municipality. Leonis Malburg was convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime, being a public official aiding illegal voting, falsifying a declaration of candidacy, voter registration fraud, false voter registration, perjury under oath, fraudulent voting and assisting an unqualified voter.||5 years probation, barred from holding elective office, $183,800 ﬁnes/penalties, $395,000+ restitution||http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/-Local-Politician-Convicted-of-Fraud-785...|
|California||Domenica Malburg||Leonis Malburg||F||2006-04||Vernon municipal||2006-11||Ineligible district voting||Registration fraud - ineligible district||3||1||Domenica Malburg, wife of former Vernon mayor Leonis Malburg, was convicted of fraudulent voting and voter registration fraud. Malburg and her husband, who had been mayor for 50 years prior to his resignation, did not live in Vernon and were thus ineligible to vote or be candidates in that municipality. Dominica Malburg was convicted of conspiracy, false voter registration and fraudulent voting.||3 years probation, $36,000 ﬁnes/penalties||http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/-Local-Politician-Convicted-of-Fraud-785...|
|Louisiana||Stanley Leger||M||2014||Turkey Creek municipal||Vote buying||In the 2014 Turkey Creek, Louisiana election, incumbent mayor Heather Cloud was voted out of office by a margin of 4 votes. It was later revealed that Stanley Leger, a campaign employee for challenger Bert Campbell, had paid $15 each to four mentally-impaired individuals in exchange for their promise to vote for Campbell. Cloud challenged the election. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals of Louisiana ordered that the four votes be struck and a new election be held, which Cloud won. Leger later pleaded guilty to illegal electioneering, receiving a suspended six-month jail sentence and 18 months’ probation. He was also ordered to pay a $500 ﬁne and $2,000 in restitution to Mayor Cloud.||6 months in jail (suspended sentence), 18 months probation, $500 fine and $2,000 restitution||http://www.katc.com/story/28315342/leger||http://caselaw.findlaw.com/la-court-of-appeal/1685533.html|
|New York||Ernest Everett||M||2015-07||Troy mayoral primary||D||2015-10||Petition fraud||Forgery||2||0||Ernest Everett, failed candidate in the 2015 Troy mayoral primary, was arrested for allegedly falsifying his nominating petitions. Everett was charged in Troy City Court with second-degree forgery and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, both felony counts. The charges arise from Everett filing his Democratic nominating petitions on July 8, 2015 at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections. Detectives said that Everett signed statements saying he witnessed the signatures on the petitions, knowing he did not witness one or more of the signatures as they were subscribed on the petitions.||http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Ex-mayoral-candidate-Ernest-Everett-faci...||http://news10.com/2015/09/25/troy-mayoral-candidate-may-be-arraigned-on-felony-c...|
|North Carolina||Karen Bridges||F||2015-11||Trinity municipal||Ineligible district voting||In person||1||Criminal charges will be recommended in the voter fraud case concerning former Trinity resident Karen Bridges. The Randolph County Board of Elections voted to make the recommendation to the District Attorney’s Office, based on state statutes. Bridges cast a vote in the November 2015 city election, knowing that she was no longer a resident of Trinity and therefore ineligible to vote. Candidate Tommy Johnson challenged the right of Bridges, a former member of the Trinity Planning Board and a former Trinity City Council member, to vote in the election. Johnson is tied with candidate Linda Gantt, 168-to-168, for the seat. Bridges said she believed she did nothing wrong because a poll worker allowed her to vote. Darren Allen, an elections board member, said at an election protest meeting that he didn’t believe someone who had been involved in the process, had conducted several election campaigns and served in a town office could not have known she was ineligible to vote. The board also approved removing Bridges’ name from the county voter rolls. “She testified that she is no longer a resident of Trinity,” said board member William McAnulty. “She has admitted that she moved, so the administration can remove her name. We’ll send her notification that we did that.” The Randolph County Board of Elections also voted to recommend Trinity conduct a new election for the at-large seat that was on the Nov. 3 municipal election ballot.||http://courier-tribune.com/news/local/trinity-may-have-hold-new-election||http://courier-tribune.com/news/local/elections-board-recommends-charges-against...|
|North Carolina||Contested Election: Tommy Johnson vs. Linda Gantt||2015-11||Trinity municipal||Contested Election||Ineligible district voting||1||Five towns in North Carolina will repeat 2015 municipal elections when voters head to the polls for the March 15 primary. The State Board of Elections ruled this week in favor of municipal election challenges in Benson, Trinity, Lumberton, Pembroke and Ahoskie. In each of those towns, a second-place town council candidate complained of possible election law violations that could have cost them the election. The board’s general counsel, Josh Lawson, said board members found “evidence of irregularities sufficient to cast doubt on the outcome.” In Trinity, two city council candidates, Tommy Johnson and Linda Gantt, were tied with 168 votes each. The board ruled that one of the voters, a former council member, had sold her Trinity home and moved to Morehead City, so she couldn’t participate. State law calls for a new election if officials find an election law violation that could swing the outcome. The county election board holds an initial hearing on complaints; the state board gets the final say and schedules a new vote.||New election ordered.||http://courier-tribune.com/news/local/trinity-may-have-hold-new-election||http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article55722...|
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